I almost titled this one, "COVID Winners", but that seemed insensitive at best.
Here's one of the few winners - the HR pros (and some other executives) who kept going into the office when everyone was gone. Here's how it works (and note, I'm not talking about the brave folks who had to be in the office - I'm talking about everyone else):
1--COVID came upon us and we scrambled to send everyone home.
2--A few enterprising HR leaders/pros and other execs lingered to make sure everything was set, and in doing so, saw a dystopian scene similar to the one Will Smith saw when he walked around daytime NYC in "I am Legend".
3--Some of these folks went home for a few days, tried to work with families and spouses running around doing kid/spouse things and said, "Nope".
4--Using a form of access during COVID only known to HR people and Executives, they remembered the dystopian scene of no one in the office and rightfully determined there was no threat if they went back.
5--These individuals - crafty souls- didn't have to deal with the COVID lockdown. They spun their need to be the captain of the ship - with the ship defined as the office space - and simply went back into the office. They've been there since March.
I see you, oh captain my captain. Thanks for keeping America safe as you monitored the office space for danger miles away from the chaos of your home-based COVID lockdown.
Well played, HR leaders living the "I Am Legend" life during the COVID Lockdown.